A big East division clash will unfold Tuesday evening between local rivals as the Flyers make the short trip to New Jersey to do battle with the Devils.
While both teams are likely content with their starts to the season, both squads have endured their fair share of adversity already.
The Flyers are contending with key injuries all over the ice. Sean Couturier and Morgan Frost remain out up front, with Philippe Myers sidelined on defense. While the Devils just lost arguably their most important player in goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. For a team that requires a solid netminder, the loss of Blackwood could loom large in Jersey.
The Devils enter Tuesday evening with an impressive 3-1-1 record. They’re getting contributions throughout their lineup and are playing a solid team game under new coach Lindy Ruff. Jack Hughes is showing signs of turning into a star, and even without Nico Hischier – the New Jersey attack has remained strong.
For Philadelphia, they too are missing some key pieces, and will enter this showdown a surly bunch after back-to-back losses to the Bruins, including a 6-1 shellacking on Saturday night. Despite this being a deep lineup, they’ve been bitten hard by the injury bug, and haven’t had a chance to recover in a condensed schedule. Entering Tuesday night, they’ve received some time off, and it will be interesting to see what group shows up vs. New Jersey.
Look for Scott Wedgewood to get the call in goal for New Jersey as he looks to maintain his stellar play while replacing Blackwood. And for Philadelphia, look for the Flyers to turn to Brian Elliot between the pipes, after Carter Hart’s dud over the weekend. With urgency already starting to build, this rivalry should be even more intense on Tuesday night. Continue reading beneath the posted odds for our take and betting analysis on this Flyers/Devils showdown. Enjoy!
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Flyers (-140)
New Jersey Devils (+120)
Over 5.5 (-120)
Under 5.5 (+100)
*Betting odds provided by MyBookie.ag
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Pick:
Despite the fact that the Flyers were touted by many pundits to be the Beasts of this East division in 2021, it has failed to materialize thus far. And sure, injuries have played a small role in that, but this is a team that is consistently getting outplayed and out-chanced on a nightly basis right now. In fact, they enter Tuesday night boasting a lowly 43% expected-goal rate at even strength, a surefire sign that this is a struggling group.
Complicating matters for Philadelphia, in addition to their injuries, is the fact that their prized young goalie Carter Hart hasn’t been all that great to start the season. He was shelled on Saturday night, and isn’t making the big saves when his team needs him to. As a result, look for Philly to turn to veteran netminder Brian Elliot vs. New Jersey. The reliable backup was steady in his first outing, and will look to build on that vs. the Devils.
And the chances are that Elliott will again turn in a solid outing, as New Jersey’s offensive burst seems unsustainable. It’s been an impressive start to 2021 for the Devils, but aside from elite goaltending from unproven netminders, this New Jersey squad continues to punch above their weight.
In a game with key injuries and hot goalies, and given the recent form of both depleted offenses – the lean here is heavy to the Under 5.5 total goals. Though 5.5 is a short number, expect Philadelphia to really prioritize tightening up their defensive game with their key absences and showing vs. Boston. For New Jersey, they’ll continue to do a great job of limiting plays to the outside and Wedgewood should be able to maintain his form against the banged-up Flyers. The intensity will be high, but the scoring will be low Tuesday night in New Jersey.